Throwdown to rage into HeadlinersWritten by Vicki L. Kroll | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Throwdown takes music personally. “Vendetta” is the latest release by the hardcore metal quartet from Orange County, Calif.
“Long road, we’ve treaded on since day one/ Hard times, we swore we would overcome/ Without this, where the hell would we be? Dead inside,” screams lead singer Dave Peters on the title track.
“I think that album really came from the band almost about to break up in early 2004,” said bass player Matt Mentley from a tour stop in Atlanta. “We regrouped, got things together a bit, started touring, then got OzzFest.
“OzzFest literally gave us a whole new life. It took us to an audience we never played for before,” Mentley continued. “That tour really established us as a band that’s relevant in music today.”
Throwdown will bring its Pure Hostility Tour to Headliners, 4500 N. Detroit Ave., Sept. 7. Doors open at 7 p.m. Sharing the bill are Zao and Evergreen Terrace. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 the night of the show.
Mentley, Peters, guitarist Mark Choiniere and drummer Ben Dussault are known for their mosh pit-inducing shows.
“I think hardcore metal is one of the most real forms of music out there. It’s not pop music you hear on the radio. We don’t have people writing songs and playing for us. We write to express ourselves,” Mentley said.
While its music is heavy, the band doesn’t live the image 24-7.
“We’re really just a bunch of nerds. I’m probably the biggest goofball,” Mentley said.